Long Live Handcraft

Our motto, “Long Live Handcraft,” expresses our commitment to creating fine cloth work, made by hand, using old-world techniques and lending a human touch to interiors. After all, our work is destined to sit alongside the finest examples of handcraft from antiquity and pieces by today’s great furniture craftspeople, fine artists and artisans. Our work is wrought using the high quality textiles specified by designers and architects, many of which are hand woven from fibers that in turn were spun by hand. We love that. But we’re not old-fashioned. We also like applying cutting-edge technologies to do things such as making our handcrafted draperies open and close smoothly via your handheld device and we employ the latest in outdoor fabrics so our outdoor upholstery projects last for years, and so that our custom bedding for children’s rooms or hospitality applications can be completely washable. We like creating an environment of craftsmanship amid the hustle and bustle of New York City and we like to think that a little bit of the soul of our craftsmen and women becomes imbued in the cloth work, and adds something unique to its new home. We invite you to spread our enthusiasm, and wherever you see examples of great handcraft, share them using the hashtag #longlivehandcraft.

The Soul to Your Windows

We like to think that because of the love and care we put into every project that we add something special to interiors, something that will be enjoyed daily by the people who live with them. Our window treatments are elegant, not just in the way they look, but in smooth openings and closings, precise folds and pleats that softly fall into place time and time again, deliciously easy mechanisms both manual and motorized, thoughtful finishing, lining, weighting, draping and detail. Our window treatments are made to last, in the true spirit of old-world handcraft, yet incorporating every advantage offered by modern hardware and digital technology wherever they are helpful and appropriate.

Consulting Services

Sometimes windows pose the most confusing challenges in interior design. Windows can be irregular, arched, off-center, off-kilter, partially obscured, can meet the sun at a particularly punishing angle or be built into a curved or angled wall.  They might be surrounded by impenetrable surfaces such as concrete, which poses challenges for motorization. They can be glorious and double-high as those pictured above, in which case it really matters about both the fabric selection and the way it is sewn, weighted, finished and suspended to achieve a seamless look, fluid drape and effortless movement. In short, windows can be found in any number of conditions that can seem difficult to treat.

Whether we’re the ones fabricating and installing or not, Marks & Tavano can provide technically sound and ingeniously innovative solutions and cutting-edge design strategies to successfully treat windows in virtually any conditions. There’s a reason they call us the experts’ experts. Call us today to inquire about a consultation. An investment of a few hours of Marks & Tavano services at the start of a project can result in huge savings down the road.